PNG Rotary meets from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday nights. Guests and visitors are always welcome! A typical meeting starts with a hosted happy hour from 5:30 – 6:00 (Okay, it’s only half an hour!), including appetizers and beverages. It’s a chance to socialize, network, and catch up with Rotary friends.
At 6:00 p.m., the meeting is called to order and, following a welcome and self-introductions of guests and visitors, the meeting kicks off with announcements followed by district and club news. We might hear about an upcoming fundraising event, a description of the next local community service project, or plans for the next international service trip.
The rest of the evening we hear from our featured guest speaker. The Program Committee does a good job bringing in presenters including local companies on the rise, government officials covering everything from housing to recycling, and speakers who provide information you can immediately put to use regarding housing, travel, personal health and finance, or professional development. We always try to cover topics that are geared to the interests of our members who have wide ranging interests.
We meet at least once a month just to have fun. It could be watching a sports event at a local pub, taking over a local park to play bocce ball, visiting a new exhibit at a local museum, or seeing who can rack up the most gutter balls at the bowling alley!
PNG Rotary is an active club that provides a diverse and rewarding experience, a chance to make new friends, and an easy way to give back to our community.
What would a service club be without volunteer opportunities? At least once a month, our Community Service Committee coordinates an opportunity to volunteer in our local community. These projects usually occur offsite and on location with a charitable organization.
We try to pick projects that are close-in to downtown Portland and that are scheduled for a Monday evening instead of a regular weekly meeting. We do a variety of service projects. Past projects have included picking fruit for the Portland Fruit Tree Project, cooking meals for the folks at Transition Projects, and sorting and stocking food donations at the Portland Sunshine Division.